Aerial
       
     
Not Exactly What I Was Looking For
       
     
Be stilled life
       
     
The 2019 Collection
       
     
Testamur
       
     
Hands On Studio
       
     
Place Less
       
     
KYOTO WANDERINGS
       
     
Invasive
       
     
Abstracting Space
       
     
Restoring the Balance
       
     
Collapse
       
     
Surround US
       
     
Mediated Landscape
       
     
Air to Ground
       
     
The Elements: Fire
       
     
Reflection
       
     
Seeing differently
       
     
Peta Morris
       
     
as far as a life goes
       
     
bare witness
       
     
Scar
       
     
waterfront
       
     
Aerial
       
     
Aerial

Michael Desmond, Peta Jones, Bryn Desmond-Jones, Ossian Desmond-Jones

Gallery 1

4 - 21 July 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 4 July

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 21 July

The exhibition brings together a family of four artists, all working in different ways, around the idea of ‘aerial’, that is of being ‘of the air’. Each artist has a unique understanding of what it means to them and differing means of expression that employ a variety of media, including sculpture, painting, drawing, photography and digital media.

Image: Image Credit: Ossian Desmond-Jones, Flight, 2019

Photo courtesy of the artist.

Not Exactly What I Was Looking For
       
     
Not Exactly What I Was Looking For

Adina West

Gallery 2

4 - 21 July 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 4 July

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 21 July

This body of work attempts to address the contemporary cultural phenomenon of simulating historically valuable materials. Not Exactly What I Was Looking For takes reference from familiar structural forms and reproduced materials in order to emphasise the extent to which the “veneer” is so inherent in our personal and material lives. Does the veneer offer us an avenue toward elegance or will it forever reinforce Walter Benjamin's sentiments? This body of work is at once a challenge to-- and reinforcement of the definition of elegance, as understood by the likes of Paulo Coelho.

Image: Adina West, Not Exactly What I Was Looking For, 2019, oil and imitation gold leaf on canvas, 157 x 73 cm.

Photo Credit: Adina West

Be stilled life
       
     
Be stilled life

Racheal Bruhn

Gallery 3

4 - 21 July 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 4 July

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 21 July

A collection of images that cycle through the idea of still life and the containment of life in wet specimen containers. Exploring the idea of life gone, live bustling, and potential held suspended, through light, flesh and liquid separating the viewer from the time, the life suspended.

Image: Racheal Bruhn, Mother and daughter, 2018. Photo courtesy of the artist.

The 2019 Collection
       
     
The 2019 Collection

M16 Studio Artists' Exhibition

Gallery 1

25 July - 11 August 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 25 July

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 11 August

M16’s studio artists present their annual group exhibition. Representing a broad cross-section of Canberra’s artistic practitioners, the exhibition highlights the diversity of professional art practice at M16 through

paintings, prints, drawings, jewellery and objects produced by both established and emerging artists.

Image: Hanna Hoyne, Model for The Peoples’ Voice, 2019, reclaimed cardboard, plastic, prayer-paper, varnish, 40x60x25cm.

Photo courtesy of the artist

Testamur
       
     
Testamur

Canberra Art Workshop

Gallery 2

25 July - 11 August 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 25 July

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 11 August

Showcasing recent original works created; and inspired in our Expressive Art, Classical Art and Fundamentals Plus Tutored Art classes.

Canberra Art Workshop is a thriving studio centre for the arts at M16 Artspace. They welcome all artists, from complete beginners to practicing professionals. This exhibition presents a range of work including life drawing, pastel, watercolour, portraiture, print making and others – all made in Canberra Art Workshop’s studio.

Image: Steve Tomlin, ‘Never quite letting go of the shore’, 2018. Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Hands On Studio
       
     
Hands On Studio

Gallery 3

25 July - 11 August 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 25 July

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 11 August

This exhibition showcases works by Hands-On Studio members. The works explore story-telling and were all produced from Hands-On classes.

Hands-On Studio is an arts organisation at M16 Artspace which seeks to provide people with all abilities the access to an art education. One of the studio’s objectives is to provide these artists with as many opportunities as possible to exhibit in mainstream gallery spaces.

Image: Hands on Studio 2019

Photo Credit: Tilly Davey

Place Less
       
     
Place Less

Gemma Bonshek Kane, John Hart, and, Jan Howlin Saara March, Tiffany Karlsson, Anna Bonshek, Kyoko IMazu

Gallery 1a

15 August - 1 Septmber 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 15 August

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 1 September

Our place in the world can be bestowed upon us, sought for, lost and even expanded beyond into a world of groundlessness. Seven artists share their connection to place and the place ‘less’ through painting, print media, sculpture and ceramics.

Image: Gemma Bonshek Kane, Their Journey Is still Our Journey, 2016, 40x28x14cm, porcelainous stoneware.

Photo courtesy of the artist.

KYOTO WANDERINGS
       
     
KYOTO WANDERINGS

Phil Page

Gallery 1b

15 August - 1 September 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 15 August

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 1 September

The works in this exhibition follow a recent visit to Kyoto, and my long interest in Japan and Japanese woodcuts. The content explores aspects of Kyoto’s long history and the development of the physical form of the city and draws heavily on imagery gathered on my recent visit included through sketchbook images some of which are included in the exhibition.

Image: Phil Page, acrylic and acrylic ink on canvas, 122x 75cm

Photo Credit: Dorian Photographs.

Invasive
       
     
Invasive

Rebecca Selleck

Gallery 2

15 August - 1 September 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 15 August

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 1 September

'Invasive is the latest work in Rebecca Selleck’s continuing exploration into Australia’s conflicting relationships with introduced and endemic species.
In this immersive installation, the gallery is transformed into the interior of a small home where time and space have uncomfortably entangled to embody hypocrisies evident within our notions of national identity.
You’re invited to interact with the work and animal forms activated by breath, body warmth and displaced movement. Using a complex mix of found objects, bronze casts, electronics and printed motifs, Rebecca overlays time and place to express the need for human accountability and the painful complexity of animal and environmental ethics in Australia. Through these physical expressions of internal hypocrisies she creates interactive spaces that, while uncomfortable, become their own questioning entities.'

Image: Firstdraft installation of Invasive.

Abstracting Space
       
     
Abstracting Space

Noelle Bell, Julie Delves, Eva van Gorsel, Manuel Pfeiffer, Alan Pomeroy, , Peggy Spratt, Jenny Adams and Delene White

Gallery 3

15 August - 1 September 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 15 August

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 1 September

The over-arching element of this adventurous exploration, is to go beyond appearance.  Space as a solid and as a metaphor, space as distance and time, space abstracted to bring them all closer. These are some of the offerings of group members with the viewer able to enjoy participating in each artist’s journey and come away with a raised awareness of the intrinsic value, significance or impact of abstracting space.

Image: Noelle Bell, Fangled, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 81x81cm Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Restoring the Balance
       
     
Restoring the Balance

Kerry Shepherdson, Di Broomhall, Narelle Phillips, Leo Robba.

Gallery 1

5 - 22 September 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 5 September

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 22 September

Restoring the Balance is concerned with the idea that everything is intrinsically connected to nature. In this exhibition the artists have responded to their specific discreet relationships with the transitions between fabricated and natural milieu.


Image: Di Broomhall, Matrix light, 2015, oil on canvas 120x90cm. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Collapse
       
     
Collapse

Benita Tunks

Gallery 2

5 - 22 September 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 5 September

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 22 September

An installation in response to the decline of the world’s bee population due to the continuing rise of corporate interests favoured over environmental and human needs.

Image: Benita Tunks, Bee Grave prototype, 2018, clay, wire, Photo courtesy of the artist.

Surround US
       
     
Surround US

Keith Bailey, Lex Beardsell, Ian Robertson, Alan Howard, Cherylynne Holmes, Jane Styles.

Gallery 3

5 - 22 September 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 5 September

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 22 September

The 2012 ConneXus group’s diversity will be demonstrated by the different media chosen such as painting, pottery, textiles and printmaking. The theme of SurroudUs is addressed by each of the artists to express involvement and experience of their personal surroundings, be it the beauty of natures’ variety or the complexity of the built environment. The artists hope that in the current world of negativity, conflict and fake news, this exhibition will present a feeling of calm, enjoyment and optimism.

Image: Ian Roberrtson, Shimmer of the Past, 2018, oil and acrylic on canvas 110x50.5cm. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Mediated Landscape
       
     
Mediated Landscape

Frank Thiron and Graham Eadie

Gallery 1

26 September - 13 October 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 26 September

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 13 October

This exhibition of photographs and paintings re-examines the landscape genre and through its emphasis on mediation, offers a new sensory experience. The works based in time and space support and play off one another, while source material informs and re-orients the fixed gaze towards an unexpected aesthetic experience.

Image: Frank Thirion, Beyond the bounds of possibility, 2018 Photograph on bond paper, 600x400mm.

Air to Ground
       
     
Air to Ground

Bec Bigg-Wither

Gallery 2

26 September - 13 October 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 26 September

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 13 October

In the fiftieth anniversary-year of the first moon-landing, this exhibition considers space exploration and terrestriality. It grounds these poles in a local perspective, using historical NASA public domain images and my own photographs of the site of the former Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station near Canberra, which helped track the Apollo moon-landing missions.

Image: Bec Bigg-Wither, Apollo 9 (detail), 2019. Inkjet print, 30.5 x 177.5 cm.Photo courtesy of the artist.

The Elements: Fire
       
     
The Elements: Fire

Marily Stretton

Gallery 3

26 September - 13 October 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 26 September

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 13 October

This series of works examines Fire, the last of the four elements in a series of exhibitions undertaken by Stretton over several years at M16 Artspace. Air, Water, Earth and Fire are held to be the physical manifestations of our psychological make-up. Ultimately an examination of the elements is a reminder that life’s force depends on all four and on the balance, or lack of it, that we achieve among them.

Image: Marilyn Stretton, Untitled #2, 2017, acrylic on canvas paper, 30x42cm, Photo courtesy of the artist.

Reflection
       
     
Reflection

Kate Smith

Gallery 1a

17 October - 3 November 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 17 October

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 3 November

Smith is fascinated by the Australian landscape, particularly moments of change such as dust storms, mists and rain. In these moments, familiar landscapes become bewildering, disconcerting and awe-inspiring.

Image: Kate Smith, Fog Study, 2017, mixed media, 165 x 115, Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Seeing differently
       
     
Seeing differently

Diana McPhetres, Rodney Moss, Neil Lade and Trevor Sutton

Gallery 1b

17 October - 3 November 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 17 October

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 3 November

The rugged landscape near Lithgow inspired this series of imaginative and diverse paintings from four Canberra-based artists. The eight-day retreat in an isolated and breath-taking part of the Capertee Valley proved to be a perfect creative spark.

Image: Rodney Moss, Stormy, 2017, Acrylic on canvas.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Peta Morris
       
     
Peta Morris

Gallery 2

17 October - 3 November 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 17 October

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 3 November

The works document a journey from the viewpoint of both the seen and unseen. From the bold solid shapes of the scenic vistas, to the microscopic cell structures that lie within both human and landscape forms.

Are we engaged to the environment through a visual pleasure? or upon realisation of our biological similarities? or is there something more to this experience that cannot be quantified?

Image: Peta Morris, Lifting the veil, 2018, Acrylic ink on paper.

as far as a life goes
       
     
as far as a life goes

Cait Wait

Gallery 3

17 October - 3 November 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 17 October

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 3 November

A collection of seven narrative portraits which illustrate and depict chosen people in a time and place. The oil paintings are a result of a collaboration between the artist and the subject, as they reveal their past, present future connections and memories.

Image: Wait Cait, Sal, oil on canvas, 90cm x 90cm

This exhibition is supported by the Regional Arts Fund and Country Arts SA.

bare witness
       
     
bare witness

Bob McKendry, Kris Kerehona, David Hempenstall, Lisa Matiazzi, Mark Mohell

Gallery 1

7 - 24 November 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 7 November

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 24 November

There is profound liberation in the unpredictable, instinctive nature of simply experiencing the world – alive – away from the strictures of life’s routines and minutiae, social shackles cast aside. It is something that transcends any conscious outlook: to imbibe without limitation; to feel without rationale; to simply be and bear witness.

Image: Mark Mohell, Untitled 36, 2018, photograph.

Scar
       
     
Scar

Janet Angus

Gallery 2

7 - 24 November 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 7 November

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 24 November

An exploration of psychological space through painting and the processes involved. I am interested in the human condition, in particular the wounds we develop, the scars we bear and how these shape us over the course of our lives.

Image: Janet Angus, Where you stop is where I begin, 2018, Oil on board, 152 x 137 cm.

waterfront
       
     
waterfront

Petros Papoulis

Gallery 3

7 - 24 November 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 7 November

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 24 November

Papoulis has a long-held fascination with the water’s edge. Observing how we interact with it, how we use it, what happens there and how the elements can affect it.

Image: Petros Papoulis, Kingston Drains, 2015, Crayon and Graphite On Paper, 58cmx79.5cm

Photo: Bruce Harley